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Some parents say children's book sold at retailers advocates violence

Posted: 11:30 PM, Apr 30, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-02 10:48:40-04
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DETROIT (WXYZ) — A singer-songwriter's book for young children has caused an uproar on social media.

Some angry posters are calling for a boycott of the book titled: “No More Poems!: A Book In Verse That Just Gets Worse," by musical artist and author Rhett Miller.

The controversial poem in the book called "Brotherly Love," talks about a girl dealing with her annoying little brother.

Part of the poem reads:

"Feed your brother poison.
Maybe drop him down a well.
And I'm the one who'll wind up.
Living in a a prison cell.”

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Kayla Sykes, a mother of two young girls, purchased a copy of the book at Costco.

“It was before my girls went to bed," Sykes explained before they discovered the controversial poem. . "They were sitting on my lap and we were reading together."

Skyes is also a second and third grade reading teacher. She describes the poem as “horrifying” and “absolutely disturbing.”

“I literally felt like I was going to vomit,” Sykes said.

Amazon.com markets the book to children ages 7 to 10. 7 Action News reporter Rudy Harper found a copy at a local Barnes and Noble bookstore.

However, the poem has its fans too on social media.

Costco has pulled the book from shelves at some stores.

Rhett Miller posted on Twitter, but has not directly addressed the criticism. Sykes told 7 Action News that Miller, the book's author, blocked her from his social media page.